1. Welcome - The Business Ambassador introduces themselves and their job.
2. Class or group brainstorm activity - an A-Z of jobs.
3. Spot the Difference - between skills and qualities.
4. Top Dog - role models and what makes people successful
5. Conclusions and Close - summary of key messages
For the 3 hour lesson only:
6. Steps to Success - creating and presenting a job advert.
Inspire lesson materials - 3 hour version
Each teaching activity can be extended, interchanged and the timings adjusted to create the length of session most relevant for each school.
It works best if the teacher and the volunteers from the business (Business Ambassador/s) discuss the session in advance to agree a plan content and timings. The teaching slides work well as they stand, but some businesses like to add slides in particular sections. Examples of this are including a slide that explains what their company does; a slide that illustrates external factors that have impacted their company or a slide that shows which jobs are growing the fastest in their company.
Inspire Aim and Learning Objectives
- Inspire students about the world of work and what it can offer.
- Introduce key employability terminology, focusing on the skills and qualities needed for employment.
- Motivate students to think about what interests them and how they can use these interests in future careers.
- By the end of this lesson, students will make the link between success, certain skills and qualities and how this can influence their job choices
Become familiar with the lesson plan and teaching slides
Review activities and print worksheets
Organise the class into small groups
To broaden the students understanding of the range of roles and jobs available in the working world by exploring the career pathway of the Business Ambassador/s.
To create a link between aspirational figures and student’s own lives
To identify skills and qualities used in every job and to recognise their importance to achieving success.
To allow students to create links between skills/qualities and jobs.
Business Ambassador Preparation
Review the teaching slides, accompanying lesson plan and worksheets to become familiar with what is expected of you.
Plan what you might tell the students about your industry/profession and your job, particularly what skills, qualities you use..
Think of a role model and prepare what you might tell the students about the skills and qualities you admire in him/her.
(Optional) you may also like to bring some examples of job adverts from your organisation, particularly any that list skills and qualities required